Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Why define what is already defined by the Geneva Conventions?

This is an extremely dangerous idea! The Geneva Conventions has already defined what a legal combatant is and the protections they are to be accorded. Any combatant other than what the GC already defines as legal may properly be considered "illegal" and enjoys no protections under international law. To quote The Reference Guide to the Geneva Conventions "However, other individuals, including civilians, who commit hostile acts and are captured do not have these protections."

Congress needs to stay out of this while the conflict is underway. If, after the conflict has ended, the international community wishes to discuss changing the GC that is the proper venue. We can then decide whether or not to sign any new convention.

The Center for Strategic Policy had this from The Washington Times, America's Newspaper.


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